“The City of Sacramento wants our customers to let Mother Nature water their lawns,” said Dave Brent, Director of the City of Sacramento Department of Utilities. “Sprinklers should be turned off when it is raining and can be kept off for several days or possibly even weeks afterwards because the moisture from the rain is still in the soil and feeding the grass and plants.”
"The city is working towards a 20 percent water use reduction and sprinklers are a large part of our everyday water use,” reminded Brent. “In fact, for most homes, sprinklers make up more than 50 percent of their water use. So cutting back on sprinkler days and length of time that they run is key to helping the city meet its goal and protect our water resources for the dry summer months ahead.”
The city wants to remind residents to monitor the moisture and not water if the ground is soft. An easy test is to stick a screwdriver in the grass, if it goes in easily, then the lawn doesn't need to be watered.
The U.S. Drought Center says the past week brought "widespread improvements" in drought conditions in northern California and Nevada.
California's energy grid manager says supply should be adequate for the summer, despite potential natural gas shortages in Southern California.
California water regulators will allow cities and water agencies to set their own conservation targets based on water supply.
Fire agencies are expected to continue prescribed burn operations this week in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
Severe and extreme drought were reduced slightly in California and 10 percent of the state is completely free of drought.